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AFFTA On The Fly
 
The Bahamas fly fishing industry and the
economy of the out-islands which rely on anglers to support their local economies has come under attack. On June 17, the Bahamian government released draft 
legislation titled: Fisheries Resources (Jurisdiction And Conservation) (Flats Fishing) Regulations, 2015. The proposed legislation would essential destroy the sustainable fishing industry of the Bahamas. The draft legislation is an attempt to regulate fishing access in the Bahamas and prohibit foreign-owned lodges in the country.

AFFTA sent the government a strong letter opposing the regulations yesterday which can found HERE

We are asking you to please join the countless individuals that have already contacted the Bahamian government to voice your concerns in opposing the proposed regulations. Please feel free to copy and paste the short letter below or write your own and email it to
fisheries@bahamas.gov.bs, public comments will only be accepted until Friday June 26. 

 

Dear Sir or Madam:

I strongly oppose the proposed fisheries regulations currently being proposed for the Bahamas. The issue of protecting the fisheries resource is not one of ownership but rather one of sound, common-sense stewardship.  It is in the best interest of the fishing lodges and outfitting operations - whether they are locally owned or foreign owned - to protect the resource on which their businesses depend. Further, every fishing lodge in the Bahamas provides the country much needed jobs.  Please focus your attention on the health and protection of the fisheries and do not attempt to regulate the guides and lodges. The proposed fisheries regulations are quite literally a bad solution in search of a problem that does not exist. The traveling angler has many choices throughout the Caribbean and throughout the world. If the Bahamas passes this legislation and sends the message that destination anglers are not welcome in the Bahamas, then he or she will quite simply take their business elsewhere. Thank you for your attention.

Sincerely,

 The draft legislation of both bills can be found by clicking on the links below: 
http://www.bahamas.gov.bs/wps/wcm/connect/3a3fd10a-f043-4bff-bd62-ea68f6e4b8ec/FR%28J%26C%29%28A%29Regs2015.pdf?MOD=AJPERES

http://www.bahamas.gov.bs/wps/wcm/connect/59c3ed1e-9830-4030-ab5d-324e90b951c2/FR%28J%26C%29%28A%29Bill2015.pdf?MOD=AJPERES

Best Regards,
Ben Bulis
AFFTA President
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